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Stitch and flip using foundation piecing

Stitch and flip using foundation piecing

Stitch and flip quilting is also called 'flip and sew' and is related to 'string piecing' and foundation paper piecing techniques. In this method, you sew the pieces of your patchwork block to directly to the foundation fabric, rather than sewing the pieces of the block to each other.

After sewing each piece to the foundation fabric, you 'flip' it down into place and press the seam. You repeat these steps until the base fabric is covered in strips. It can be a quick way to make quilt blocks since you do not have to cut out each individual piece of fabric to size.

However if you are using fabrics with prints, do check to make sure your prints are going the direction you want them to. Improvisational 'stitch and flip' such as in the Christmas tree wall hanging featured in this photo can create some fun patterns!

Here are some useful links to 'stitch and flip' tutorials. If you have a favourite tutorial, please let us know and we can add it to the list!

How to foundation piece a quilt block

Stitch and Flip Pot Holder tutorial by Lindsay Conner

Stitch and Flip Foundation Piecing for Crazy Quilts by Vivika Hansen DeNegre

Free pieced chevron tutorial by Jacqui

Using temporary or permanent foundations by Janet Wickell

  • Using the stitch and flip method
  • cutting off the excess fabric
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